Luba Songye Kifwebe mask African Art Gallery
  • Luba Songye Kifwebe mask African Art Gallery
  • Luba Songye Kifwebe mask African Art Gallery
  • Luba Songye Kifwebe mask African Art Gallery

Luba Kifwebe mask - SOLD OUT

For the Luba, Songye and Kalebwe, a mask is a kifwebe, a term which has been given to African masks representing spirits and characterized by streaks. Kifwebe masks embodied supernatural forces. Kifwebe society used them to ward off disasters or any threat, and masks, complemented by a woven costume and a long beard of raffia, danced at various ceremonies. They are worn by men who act as police at the request of a leader or to intimidate the enemy.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1950
Size
32 x 28 cm
Ethnic group
Luba / Baluba / Louba
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Very good

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